Very happy to see my research mentioned by Dr. Connor Wood on Patheos (read the full article here)!
From the article:
“This study’s findings are a big deal. Other researchers, including myself, have argued that participation in ritual has unique benefits for self-control and self-regulation, above and beyond just the normal rigor of carrying out practical tasks. But until now, these claims have mostly been either theoretical or based on self-report measures of self-control. In other words, the evidence that ritual practice improves self-control has been intriguing, but not conclusive. Now, Rybanska and her colleagues have effectively put the burden of proof on those who argue that ritual has no influence on self-control.”